Kage Baker had a list of television shows she absolutely would not miss , if at all possible. Some of them were a little peculiar, and some cycled on and off her necessities list: BBC specials, film festivals, favourite cartoons. She would often eschew watching anything at all, and just devote all her attention to writing. At least, until someone was rerunning Are You Being Served? or we had managed to find bootleg copies of shows like Blackbeard the Pirate or The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: then, she’d just snuggle down in front of our electric fire and bliss out.
She always said that she absolutely could not manage to read or write AND watch films at the same time. It made her rather insane that I could, and did: not that I forced her to take holidays from writing so I could watch telly, but that I could read while Kage watched, and not get distracted. When there was something I really wanted to see, I would put on headphones and retreat to my room – there to glory in things like forensic procedurals and other goodies Kage found revolting.
Tonight I am watching television (well, mostly I am listening to it) while I work on NaNoWriMo. Since I entered by first entry last night just after midnight, it was essentially today – I have to wait until it’s either midnight and change again, or until sometime tomorrow after the sun rises, before I post there again. Otherwise, I’ll lap my self and end up going nuts within a day or three … better to just wait and do it in daylight.
Besides, there is now a fire about 5 miles from me, in a recycling yard. It seems well under control, but it’s the closest my family has been to any of the flames this autumn. It’s nervous-making, to say the least. I think I’ll just post a little here, polish some edges on My Zombie Story, and go to bed.
But I’m here! I’m working! Things are happening! True, some of them are burning but what the hell – work equals heat, matter is just thick energy, everything we think we see is a deliberate hallucination perpetrated by our senses on our brains. It’s all good.
Especially chocolate. See you all tomorrow, Dear Readers.